National Geographic : 1943 May
"Magnetic City," Core of Russia's Industrial Might Workers Test Doors and Rivets of an Armored Train for the Red Army Russian "cruisers on wheels" speed to an enemy strong point, pour in a heavy fire, and swiftly withdraw. Only heaviest antitank guns pierce their tough hides. They carry turret-mounted fieldpieces. Asiatics in Quilted Coats and Sheepskin Hats Lay Rails through the Desert All Russia rejoiced in 1930 when construction of this 930-mile Turkestan-Siberian line heralded success of the first Five-Year Plan. It linked Central Asia's cotton with Siberia's grain and timber.